The British Conservative Party holds a strong lead over the opposition — despite the chaos and bloodshed of the Kabul airlift.
A poll conducted on Monday by Redfield & Wilton Strategies showed Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour Party had not increased its support over the past seven days. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Tories had slipped slightly from 43 per cent to 41, to the benefit of small parties.
Support for the Liberal Democrats and Greens both declined by one point. In general election terms, those figures could still translate to a Conservative majority in the mid-30s, according to the Electoral Calculus website.
The poll came four days after the horrific Kabul airport suicide bombing by internationally-outlawed terrorist group Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) — an offshoot of Daesh*. Among almost 200 civilian dead were two UK citizens, identified in the media as 29-year old father of four Mohammad Niazi and 60-year-old grandfather Musa Popal.
Despite the tragedy and the chaotic circumstances of the hurried evacuation, 45 per cent of people still thought Johnson made the better PM, compared to 27 per cent who thought Starmer would. A similar number thought the PM stood up for British interests, while 37 per cent said he had a better foreign policy strategy…